Congestion is easing and travel reliability has been improved on Fitzsimons Lane at the Porter Street intersection in Templestowe, after the completion of the latest upgrade along the busy route.
The new intersection is now open 4 days ahead of schedule, thanks to construction crews working around the clock in April to replace the existing temporary roundabout with traffic lights.
Crews worked above and below ground to deliver new traffic signals, extra through lanes and dedicated turning lanes to make journeys safer and easier for motorists.
To complement additional lanes, new signals and other safety improvements such as pedestrian crossings have also been installed as part of the intersection upgrade.
To date, more than 45,000 work hours were completed during this major works period. Finishing works are now underway and will continue throughout 2022, including:
- street lighting
- road signage
- line-marking works.
An upgrade to the Williamsons Road and Foote Street intersection is also about to get underway, with major construction to be carried out through to early August.
Fitzsimons Lane connects Eltham and Templestowe to neighbouring eastern and northern suburbs, as well as the Eastern Freeway, carrying more than 60,000 vehicles each day. Its upgrade will improve journey times, slash congestion, enhance public transport reliability and keep cyclists and pedestrians safe from busy traffic at the intersection.
The Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade is on track to be completed by 2023.
For more information about works and planned disruptions over winter visit the Fitzsimons Lane Upgrade project page.